With the Royal Wedding getting closer and closer, the question in all fashionista’s minds is: “Just who is designing Kate Middleton’s dress?”
Well the answer to that question is far from being revealed, leaving the anticipation for Friday even greater. So who are the potential labels in the running to be the royal wedding dress designer of the decade?
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A major contender for the role, Sophie Cranston is the brains behind Libelula. She has previously won the 1999 Designer of the Year Award and went on to work with the likes of Alexander McQueen. Libelula, meaning dragonfly in Spanish, was created in 2002 and uses bold colours and prints on well cut, flattering clothes.
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Bruce Oldfield is a famous British designer best known for his bridal designs. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art in 1973. In the past he designed many outfits for Princess Diana, making him a strong nominee for the wedding designer. In 1990 he was a awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry.
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Jasper Conran was also awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry. Over his 20-years in the business he has successfully designed a popular Debenhams range, many women’s and menswear lines, as well as china and crystal for big brands. His signature designs revolve around the cut and silhouette of the clothing line. He also designed Princess Margaret’s daughters wedding dress in 1994.
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A popular choice for the princess’s designer. Sarah Burton took on the role of Creative Director for Alexander McQueen after his death in 2010. She managed to produce a great first collection and has been rumoured to have designed the royal dress for the past few months.
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Designer of the label Issa, Daniella Helayel is said to be Kate’s favourite designer. She has also bagged herself an invite to the wedding, could this mean she is the one? Her signature style is bright and feminine.
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Kate’s sister was seen in this Alice Temperley’s shop recently, arousing suspicion that this could be the royal designer. Her label launched in 2000 for London Fashion Week and has since become more and more prestigious. The label specialises in wedding gowns for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and guests.
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Philipa Lepley is one of the bookies faves. Her bridal business began in 1988 in South Kensington and business has been booming ever since. Her designs often appear in top bridal magazines.
Let Tellusfashion know who you think it will be.
Tellusfashion enjoy seeking out new designers, especially ones which are set to make the big time in the very near future.
Corrie Neilsen is just the type of designer we love discovering. Her style is romantic, drawing influences upon 18th century illustrators James Gillray and George Cruikshank. The A/W 11 collection is full of masculine tailoring in dark blacks and greys.
Corrie Neilsen graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004 with a BA First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Design Womenswear. She has since gone on to do various freelance projects before designing her own label.
The highlight of her career was when she won Fashion Fringe in 2010. Fashion Fringe is a nationwide search to discover new talent in cutting edge design across the UK.
We predict there are plenty more highlights to come for this American designer.
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Molly and Alice Goddard are the new kids on the block. They are sisters which have one major thing in common; they share a passion for fashion.
Both girls have had previous successes in the fashion business; Molly studying knitwear at Central Saint Martins, and Alice, a model who has almost given up the glitz and glam to follow in her sisters footsteps in the world of designing.
Alice describes their new label, which is named Lovetits, as “sheer tops with things covering the boobies”
Alice told i-D Online: “It’s hard working [with Molly] because you don’t stop yourself saying what you think in the way you would with a friend. Our creative process involves a lot of shouting. We’d like to work together in the future, but keep what we’re doing now separate. I’m thinking about studying footwear next year. Molly does knitwear at Saint Martins and is amazing, I’d love to make the shoes and accessories for her collection but I’m too indecisive to work alone.”
Tellusfashion predict huge things for this brand, which has already been featured in the likes of Grazia. Keep up the good work girls!
Above: one of Molly’s knitwear designs, image courtesy of Bipling.com.
Below: Image courtesy of Lovetits
Sarah Burton was perhaps the woman with the biggest expectations thrust upon her shoulders. She is the woman that was famously handed the Alexander McQueen legacy, the woman that had to live up to huge standards and make the deceased Lee Alexander McQueen proud.
Here at Tellusfashion we believe she has done just that. And it is not just us that think this, many fashion critics across the globe agree. Her autumn/winter collection was showcased at Paris Fashion Week, and many acclaimed the likeness, and indeed the believed approval, of the collection to her predecessor.
The collection, entitled ‘The Ice Queen and her Court’ used shades of white, black and lilac, embodied onto the typical McQueen silhouette. Hand-loomed silks, wool tweeds, animal fur, velvet and organza adorned the collection, giving this icy show a softer edge to it.
The general thoughts on the collection were unanimous; she really had surpassed expectation. She is everything the late Alexander McQueen would have hoped for and possibly more in his successor.
And what is more, there are rumours that a certain princess has asked the McQueen fashion house to design her wedding gown. Things are sure going in the right direction for Ms Burton!Images courtesy of Style.com
Hot off the heels of the press in America, Tellusfashion predict that Suzanne Rae will make it big internationally very shortly. Her autumn/winter collection, which took New York fashion week by storm, makes a feminist statement using bold designs. However, she has cleverly incorporated femininity into these feminist styles, mixing tough wool with sensual silk and strong masculine tailored pieces made ladylike and glamorous.
For her autumn/winter collection, dark colours such as blacks and greys are textured with plaits and lace making this a unique grungy yet girly and sophisticated collection. Other materials she has used include sustainable hemp and light shades of silk. The contrast works really well, and sets her apart from other up and coming designers. She said: “I’m exploring the individual vs. the collective
unconsciousness…and how we can liberate ourselves from this…how we can be everything…the strong woman, the appropriate woman (perhaps as opposed to the ‘proper’ woman), the liberated, explorative, alive individual…”
Suzanne Rae Pelaez graduated from Parson School of Design, and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her label, Suzanne Rae, aims to construct garments in a traditional way with a difference, experimenting with draping dresses and patterns.
Suzanne Rae has had three previously successful collections exhibited at New York Fashion Week. Her spring/summer collection displayed floaty, loose feminine dresses in layered style at the back and which rose shorter towards the front, all in light, floral colours and tied around the waist, rope-like belts.
She often collaborates with different designers for her shows, including accessories designer Yestadt Millinery and shoe designers Dieppa Restrepo.
Watch out for her coming collections.Images courtesy of Eco-chick.com
London Fashion Week ended last Wednesday, and once again it has not let us down. Newgen selected its best new designers and left us fashion enthusiasts here at Tellusfashion amazed with the stunning new talent that it is able to produce year in, year out. David Koma was one of London Fashion Week’s big names this year. His feminine designs contour the body giving him his signature style.
David graduated from Central St Martins College of Design in April 2009 with a distinction in MA fashion. His graduate collection won the Harrods Design Award, which subsequently resulted in his designed being lapped up by celebrities. Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Megan Fox, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole and Kylie are all fans of David Koma’s designs.
His spring/summer collection sees girly pinks and creams based on perfect, body hugging silhouette dresses. Whereas his autumn/winter collection is set to have a darker side to it, inspired by Tim Burton, dark forests and hallucinations. The one thing that remains loyal to both collections is the feminine elegance and figure loving bodices that encapsulate his designs.
Images are a mixture of both his spring/summer and autumn/winter collection and are courtesy of London Fashion Week.
In her first stand alone show, Mary Katrantzou wowed fashion boffins all over the world at London Fashion Week, and even managed to secure the appearance of one of her dresses on the pages of American Vogue. She has recently given the lampshade skirt fame, and has already stamped her signature onto the art of laser-printing photographs onto clothing. There is no end to this lady’s creative talent! Mary Katrantzou first made people notice in 2008 during her graduating show where she used simple dresses as a base for bold photographic images. Since then, her style has progressed to become somewhat daring. Her latest show saw furniture inspired pieces grace the runway in a true trompe l’oeil fashion. From the lampshade skirt (which took hours to perfect each one through moulding, wiring, bonding and fusing), to the pelmet-adorned dresses. She told the London Evening Standard: ‘It was on the verge of being too gimmicky and a total flop. I had the fear all the way through designing it that it was all too much. I remember telling my boyfriend, “If people actually like this it will give me a huge boost to trust my instincts, but if it’s a disaster I’m going have to start again.”‘ Of course it wasn’t a disaster, and many celebrities have already snapped up some of her pieces, such as Claudia Schiffer, Rosamund Pike and Yasmin LeBon. What’s next for this enthusiastic designer? For autumn/winter 2011 she plans to experiment with knitwear, and transfer some of her bright, photorealistic graphics onto cardigans and jumpers. Keep your eye on the pages of tellusfashion.com for updates! Images courtesy of fashion.telegraph.co.uk